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Scooter Requirements and Safety

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What is a motorized scooter?

According to California Vehicle Code Section 407.5(a), a "motorized scooter" is any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, is designed to be stood on or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by an electric motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion.

Operation of motorized scooters

Vehicle Code Section 21221 states that every person operating a motorized scooter upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this division, including, but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs.

Per Vehicle Code Section 21227(a), a motorized scooter shall comply with one of the following:

  1. Operate in a manner so that the electric motor is disengaged or ceases to function when the brakes are applied.
  2. Operate in a manner so that the motor engaged through a switch or mechanism that, when released, will cause the electric motor to disengage or cease to function.

It is unlawful for a person to operate a motorized scooter that does not meet one of the above requirements. 

Visit the website of the California Department of Motor Vehicles website for use prohibitions, safety requirements, and other important information concerning the use of motorized scooters.

Montclair Municipal Codes governing motorized scooters:

Title 8 Vehicles and Traffic
8.24.010 Operating vehicles on private property prohibited--Exceptions.

Chapter 9.12 PUBLIC PARKS
9.12.070 Vehicle operations--Parking.